Thanks for the reference.
I am missing agility more than many of the other things that age has taken. (On the other hand, Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most
I find strength is missing as well, and so dynamic activity is reserved, almost feared. " Will I twist or roll something if I jump or cut or spin?". The apprehension continues the decline of activity.
Agility suffers, strength suffers. A vortex of atrophy.
When I "try to exercise" Things don't seem to work for me. I feel a defeating self consciousness, there is no lightness in my efforts. No inspiration.
I continue to get my exercise by jumping to conclusions, and flying off the handle.
This year, I have had great rewards playing "adult" soccer, once a week. (I can hear the jabs at "adult" in my own mind, so hold your comments
I had never played before and have no skills in the game.
This activity begs for speed and agility, We oldsters call it "young legs". There are some who still have them, or have not "aged sufficiently" (We are lax in enforcement of the over 35 rule). We play! We play to our ability, and for as long as each of us feels able. ("If I play any longer I'm going to get hurt" is the parting line for most of us.)
Each Tuesday evening, I return home exhausted but happy to feel so alive. (Pain is proof of life?) Wed. is spent with aches and pains, Thursday, (today) with stiffness (lower legs for me this time).
But, The level of play is picking up! We all noticed the number of "good plays" that have been made. The improvement of the over all level of athleticism and agility shared between us "old guys" (and gals) is apparent. We are having the "more fun" that comes from doing something well. For me, after the first half hour, my movements cease to be an effort or a burden. (I still get winded after a run, that's for sure. I just don't "suffer" from it). I would like to play twice a week.
All I'm trying to get to is that there are both the ability, and the rewards, for increasing one's "mobility" .
The activity that requires it, is a very useful "training exercise". and can be "The Motivator"
Like the Nike adds go. "JUST DO IT!"
Back to Skiing, I am forming a strong conviction that the best method to be an "accomplished" skier is to ski! and ski some more!
Slightly different to the above theme:
Your self evaluation causes me to reflect on physical conditioning/ maintainance methods. You, as an advocate, practitioner and professional, would be my model of the fruition of knowledge and intent. Still you indicate "weakness" in some of the aspects of physical well being. I think perhaps your standards are different than mine.
. If training for an activity doesn't "do it". that puts more importance on doing the activity it's self.
Again thanks LM, and thanks too for the continued inspiration to "get in shape"